Top Day Recommendations
Overnight, Fitch downgrades seven financial institutions but it’s not exactly new news. In a clumsy stab at relevancy, the agencies, after a miserable fail in 2008, s have been beating their drums at the back of the parade. Now for today’s actionable insight; Russia is beginning to view the Eurozone crisis as opportunity. Russia is set to pledge up to 10 billion through the IMF. $10 billion of that is old money scheduled for repayment. Spain raised 7.8 billion through auction yesterday. It’s important to remind myself that the EU is a monetary union not a fiscal union and that the cost of a breakup would be cataclysmic. GDPs of individual countries would be cut in half. So, let’s look for short covering up to 131 in the EC.
December currencies expire on Monday morning, first thing.
Week of December 12 - December 16
|Dec||08:30||Retail Sales ex-auto||Nov||0.6%||0.5%||0.6%|
|Dec||14:15||FOMC Rate Decision||Dec||0.25%||0.25%||0.25%|
|Dec||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||12/10||NA||NA||12.8%|
|Dec||08:30||Export Prices ex-ag.||Nov||NA||NA||-1.5%|
|Dec||08:30||Import Prices ex-oil||Nov||NA||NA||-0.2%|
|Dec||09:00||Net Long-Term TIC||Oct||NA||NA||$68.6B|
Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.
U is Up
D is Down
PRD is Potential Reversal Day
S2 is Weekly strong support
S1 is Weekly good support
DS is Daily Support
DR is Daily Resistance
R1 is Weekly Good Resistance
R2 is Weekly Strong Resistance
Levels are for the most active futures contract
Daily Support and Resistance
N.B.: if you initiate a trade using ANY of these numbers use a STOP at least equivalent to 2 ½%.
Repeat: use Stops. Don’t think about using Stops.
Use Stops. Some find it appropriate to look at the margin requirement and use that as a Stop or if it’s a steep initial requirement, use half. But whatever you do, stop thinking about any other alternative and use Stops.
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everyone. An account can lose more than its initial investment.
Stops are not necessarily filled at the stop level. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
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